February (2018) TBR

January was a pretty good reading month and I’ve decided I’m either going to be posting wrap-up posts or Youtube videos (you may, in fact, know by the time this goes up!). I absolutely adored reading throughout January and surpassed my goals so I’m even more excited to bring on February’s reading time as there should be even more moments since exams are here. SO let’s go with my February reading plans:

 

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Love, hate & other filters by Samira Ahmed*

Synopsis: Maya Aziz dreams about kissing boys and going to film school in New York, ce61968e-2b25-4826-9f6c-fca321dfbf51but miles away, an unknown danger looms. A terrorist attack in another city unleashes fear and hate in Maya’s small town, changing her life and disrupting her film.

Why I want to read this: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this novel from the Bookstagram but I wanted to wait for the paperback version to be released as I’m not a hardback kind of girl so naturally now it’s in my hands I’ve got to see what all the hype is about.

Review planned: Yes!

 

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf (vintage feminism in short form)*

10358cfb-bf80-4425-aa25-f53ccbe8c622Synopsis: Every day, women around the world are confronted with a dilemma – how to look. In a society embroiled in a cult of female beauty, pressure on women to conform physically is constant and all-pervading. In this shortened edition you will find the essence of Wolf’s groundbreaking book. It is a radical, gripping and frank expose of the tyranny of the beauty myth, its oppressive function and the destructive obsession it engenders.

Why I want to read this: I’m all about feminist classics and this particular book has been referenced in others I’ve read such as Body Positive Power* so I feel like it’s something I’ll love and get a lot out of.

Review planned: No. (NB: If, however, you do want one let me know!)

 

After You by Jojo Moyes*

Synopsis:“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you 08b1aec1-7150-4c9a-8775-8b509b3bb79dfeel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.” How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future… For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Why I want to read this: Although I didn’t love Me Before You I’m really keen to continue this series so now that the 3rd book has been released by Moyes it felt important to read the second so I can jump on the 3rd before spoilers are released.

Review planned: Possibly.

 

She of the mountains by Vivek Shraya*

01eb9f03-dca6-49c5-ad65-3db543b0c70cSynopsis:In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she. Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own. This is why we are so lonely.She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.

Why I want to read this: I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Banging Book Club pick (as you can see in my wrap-up) so I’m hoping this second one is going to be amazing!

Review planned: Yes! (in a 2 part review of all the Banging Book Club books I manage to read this year.)

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz* (audible)

Synopsis: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Why I want to read this: Again this is a novel that I’ve heard massive hype around and I’ve had both the audible copies and paperback on my shelf for a while so I felt like it was a must this year! (and yes I may have started this a little earlier in January).

Review planned: No. (NB: If, however, you do want one let me know!)

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